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Pangasius pangasius (Hamilton, 1822)

Image contributors to this species:

Johnny Jensen's  Photographic Library (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory Wikipedia


Relevant Information:

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7 - 7; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 29 - 32. Eye small, its diameter more than 7 times in head length (in 18 cm long specimens); bright yellow caudal fin in adults; maxillary barbel extends to gill aperture; 23-28 gill rakers on first arch. Found in large rivers and estuaries. Occurs in high estuary (freshwater tidal zone) as juveniles, moving to brackish water as sub-adults, and finally as adults to river mouths and inshore areas. Longevity given as 10 years but appears too low. Feeds on snails, other mollusks and plants. Reared for consumption in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam; excellent food fish with very white fine grained sweet flesh.

Common Name:

Yellowtail catfish


Pimelodus pangasius, Pangasius buchanani, Pangasius pangasius godavarii, Pangasius  pangasius  upiensis




Asia: Rivers and estuaries of Indian subcontinent. Type locality: Estuaries of Bengal.


300cm. (11ft.4ins)


23 -28°C (73 -83°F)


6.0 -7.5.


Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (02/2010).



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